Austria ends coal era and commits to more renewable energy

BLOOMBERG GREEN 🔒| Austria became the second European country to eliminate coal power from its electricity grid and said it’s looking toward renewable energy to fuel future economic growth. Verbund AG closed its Mellach coal-fired district heating plant about 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Vienna, the state-controlled utility said Friday in a statement. Austria’s Environment and Infrastructure Ministry said eliminating coal will strengthen the country’s “economic independence” by reducing fossil-fuel imports and emissions.


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